At a special UN event in New York, Philips Lighting made a plea to all cities.
“We are calling for all cities to adopt 100% LED street lights by 2025. COP21 sent a clear signal of political support to tackle the effects of climate change, and a switch to energy-efficient LED street lights in cities would make a vast difference. Of approximately 300 million streetlights across the world, only about one in ten are energy-efficient LEDs, and just 2% are connected. Combining energy-efficient lighting with connected system management can deliver energy savings of up to 80% – which would make a significant dent in our climate change targets,” said arry Verhaar, Head of Global Public and Government Affairs, Philips Lighting.
“The operation and maintenance of street lighting is a major cost that contributes to these challenges for local authorities. But new technologies are transforming the way cities can deliver, operate and maintain public lighting in a way that can generate a wide range of benefits to the local authorities and the communities they serve. The challenge is building the investment case to enable them to implement this technology in the first place”, he added.
Lighting currently accounts for 15% of global electricity consumption, but with a universal switch to LEDs, lighting’s share of power consumption would fall to just 8%.
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